I first started making up stories when I was fairly young, but I didn't start writing them down until I was in my early 20's and it all began with Star Wars stories, which I later discovered was called fan fiction. I didn't share those stories with anyone, writing just for myself. It wasn't until a couple of years later when I started sharing western fan fiction, that I decided to pursue writing. I entered a contest in Romantic Times magazine and became a finalist. From there I've been writing constantly and submitting.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This book was inspired by a lot of what ifs. I was always fond of second chance stories and the love stories of people who just for whatever reason could not find their way to each other. So I ran with the idea.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to see how different the experience was versus going through a publisher. I liked that I hold all the reins in this avenue of publishing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting to live in a different world. Like reading, it's like being able to step through a portal into new worlds, but when you're writing you get to build that world.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Without readers you have no avenue to share the worlds you create. If even one person finds joy in it then I am a happy person.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the third book of a shifter series that I've written. It's been slow going there and I know there are people waiting for it. I'm excited for this next chapter in that series.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Sherrilyn Kenyon, Julia London, and Sarah Maclean is a new favorite. I read across genres, but I am drawn to historicals which up to now I haven't written, but I'm hoping that will change soon.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading! I love to read. I also spend a lot of time with my family, we are very close and do lots of things together.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A lot of times it's from friends. My friends are voracious readers and they're always recommending new books.
What is your writing process?
I'm a big researcher, so I do a lot of that before writing. I also try to do character charts and I do a very loose outline. I learned fairly quickly that set outlines never work for me, I'm always discovering new things and veering off into a new direction. So I'll write down the main things I'd like to get accomplished in each chapter and hope that the characters allow me to do it.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm not very specific, I always want the cover to have a certain feel to it, whether it be a color or the font. Like all authors I also want it to be eye catching.
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